Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Todd Howe, WeAreChangeToronto
November 20, 2010
In March 2009, Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â PM Stephen Harper was being interviewed on CNN when he told Fareed Zakaria that “…we are not ever going to defeat the insurgency.” The interview was remarkable not only for its candor (and Harper’s in reputable company on this point) but also because it seemed so off-message. He went on to say that Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “[From] my reading of Afghanistan history, it’s probably had an insurgency forever, of some kind.” Really?
Afghanistan lies at the crossroads of of central Asia and is the intersection of empires. The windswept homeland of Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â independent nomadic peoples, it’s weathered waves of invaders — Alexander and the Macedonians, the Mongols, English and Russian empires, all have come seeking occupation of this geopolitical keystone and all have been repelled. The present conflict, which has been dubbed the ‘New Great Game’, has very deep roots.